PCT mile 326.41 to 347.22 (+ 1 mile to McDonalds)
The first goal of the day is to hike over to the PCT’s favorite McDonalds at Cajon Pass on I-15.
As expected my tent was soaked! Outside from dew (no rain) and inside from condensation (breathing). Luckily it was only on the rain fly and not the inner tent, so I carefully removed it, gave it a good shake and hung it up while I packed and ate. It was still plenty wet so I’ll have to hang it out again at lunch.
I forgot to post my flower pic from yesterday. This was the darkest orange poppy I have seen.
The trail Went completely around this cliff for about 1/4 mile just 3 feet from the edge. I wondered if they have to rebuild the trail every few years because it erodes away!
As I walked down the creekbed to I saw an interesting rock tower the creek was running around
I hung out for quite a while there and more Hikers showed up in drive and drabs. We all compared notes and plans for the next section – a 22 mile uphill with no water. That’s means I need to carry extra, which means an angry, heavy pack. Ugh. I filled every bottle I had with the advertised “filtered”, cold McDonald’s water — 5 liters in total.
I noticed that the fire hydrants near the McDonald’s are locked! They also have a are labeled “Private”
One hiker in McD’s, Candido, wanted to see the bottoms of my shoes “just to check…”. I showed him and he said “yep, you have the ‘eye’ footprints” and then he showed me his hiker register:
I hiked under I-15, then under and over a couple of Railroad crossings. The rocks here are great and I remember visiting them as a kid.
The railroad business is doing great here – I’ve been hearing train whistles regularly for the last few days and now I see long strings of double-stacked container cars going by all the time – like every half hot or so!
Just as the sun was setting and I had hiked close to where I wanted to camp, I came upon a water cache maintained by a local Trail Angel! This was perfect because I can save all my water for tomorrow’s hike and replenish tonight and tomorrow morning! Bonus was a great (meaning flat) campsite nearby!
I cowboy camped here and slept great. There were the ever present train whistles, but that did not deter me from sleeping. I was wakened by a yipping pack of coyotes very nearby that were probably upset by my being in their hood.
Thanks for reading! Also, apologies for odd phrasings or wired words: I’m typing these on my phone (hunt-and-peck) and autocorrections sometimes sneak past me.